NEW INFORMATION: Wis. legislative committee approves heroin bills

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly's criminal justice committee has approved a trio of bills designed to help heroin bills and eliminate leftover prescription drugs.

Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, has introduced four bills addressing heroin use. The criminal justice committee considered three of them Thursday, including proposals that would allow all trained first responders, police and fire fighters to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts overdoses; provide immunity for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose; and allow municipalities to run prescription drug collection drives.

The Republican-controlled committee approved each bill unanimously. The votes clear the way for the full Assembly to consider the proposals on Tuesday.

The fourth bill would require identification to obtain prescription drugs. The Assembly's health committee is expected to vote on that measure later Thursday.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The author of a bill that would allow emergency workers to administer Narcan in heroin overdoses is telling a legislative committee the proposal will save lives.

Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, has introduced four bills addressing heroin use. The Assembly's criminal justice committee held a public hearing on three of them Thursday.

The panel started with a proposal that would allow trained first responders, police and fire fighters to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses, and grant them legal immunity for their actions.

Nygren told the committee the measure will undoubtedly save lives and lawmakers need to pass it immediately.

The committee is expected to vote on all three bills later Thursday. Approval would clear the way for a full vote in the Assembly.


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